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BioShock PC Remasters Having Issues; Only Slightly Better, Steam Reviews Say

Steam users have reported that the BioShock 1 and 2 remasters have a slew of problems.


We recently found out that BioShock: The Collection blocks streaming on consoles, and now the PC remasters are getting a fair bit of flack. Steam users have reported that the original BioShock features new and old bugs and lacks a variety of settings that are commonly found in PC games.

Many users claim that the game is not remastered but instead "retextured," as it only features "better lighting and a VERY slightly sharper texture pack," says user Hotshot. Crashes are also present for many players trying to make their way into Rapture via the Bathysphere.

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Another common issue players are experiencing is mouse acceleration, which was present in the original game. Steam user Cheesus said, "They didn't touch all the mouse issues that plagued the original. Mouse sensitivity slider doesn't work right. If you lower the sensitivity to 1, the mouse cursor doesn't [move] unless you fling your mouse." Players have also criticized the lack of an FOV slider.

BioShock 2 has gotten its fair share of negative reviews as well, with users saying its graphical settings are minimal and the visuals are only marginally better.

Despite the bad reviews, BioShock 1 and 2 Remastered have almost the same amount of positive critiques, though some users like DigitalCreation still note that the original game's "graphics are only slightly better."

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"It's certainly not terrible, but it's lazy," DigitalCreation said. "Old bugs from the original game are still present and the graphics are only slightly better. This is the best version only because of the small graphics update."

Many players have noted that it's best played with a controller, something many PC players take issue with given the platform's added precision of keyboard and mouse.

We've contacted 2K for comment on the PC versions' issues and will keep you updated as we hear back. BioShock Infinite is unaffected by the problems mentioned above, as it did not receive a remastered edition.

The BioShock remasters came out on PC two days after the full collection released on consoles. We've tested BioShock: The Collection on PS4 and Xbox One, and they run well with infrequent frame rate drops. You can read our preview of the console version here, which called them "gorgeous monuments to a beloved series."

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